When TrustMovies was but a lad -- and a young one, at that -- he wrote a multi-chaptered novella for his second-grade class entitled Cinnamon: The Story of a Horse. There was indeed a horse named Cinnamon in it, but there were also a raft of other animals, secret passages, chase scenes, haunted houses, and a grab-bag of plot devices this already movie-crazed kid had picked up from Disney, Abbot & Costello and Red Skelton -- among other prized sources -- inclu-
ding a finale in which the horse and his lady-love get hitched. "Horses do not marry," his second-grade teacher informed little Jimmy:
My story came to mind as I was watching the delightful and entrancing new animated movie from Belgium, A TOWN CALLED PANIC (Panique au village), written and directed by stop-motion animation duo Stéphane Aubier (above, left) and Vincent Patar (above, right) and based on their successful animated TV series from Belgium. As artists, these two are like little kids who want to cram absolutely everything into their crazy story -- and do: animals that act like humans, and humans who do, too; aliens (or are these simply "fish" people?), mad scientists, music lovers, policemen, politicians, haus-fraus and more. Secret passages are here, too -- whoopie! -- and they lead down to the center of the earth, where lava flows, then back up into the arctic air. Rhyme and reason take a much needed vacation, but amusement does not. If you fail to giggle almost first to last, I shall be very surprised.